By Chris Blevins
What an amazing few months the Tug Valley has experienced. God has shown one of the many attributes of His character in astonishing proportions. One attribute is Grace. This Awakening literally has reached Biblical magnitude. Over three thousand souls saved in this area is equal to the number of souls that came forth in the Bible in the book of Acts Chapter three during Peter’s sermon at Pentecost. As we read on to Acts Chapter four we read that five thousand men came to Christ. Yes, as the old songs says “His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” It goes on to say “I sing because I am happy, I sing because I am free”. Isn’t it great to feel hope growing and singing again because you are happy? For surely if His eye is on the sparrow He is watching me.
I want to state that God not only brought an Awakening to this area for salvation. It certainly is the greatest gift bar none that God provided to man through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. God has also filled this area with hope again. How long has it been in the Tug Valley that the excitement was nearly palpable? We have suffered so much loss and so very little things are left to find hope in. Until God came to town.
Awakenings like the one we are experiencing are almost always followed by economic and social awakenings as well. When God sends the Holy Spirit to perform specific actions and miracles then you can believe He will accomplish what He was sent to do. The Bible teaches in John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
I cannot fully explain God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in this article. They are the Holy Trinity, The Triune God. But John 16:13-14 displays the work of the Holy Spirit in an elementary way: He is Humble. He speaks of matters that He hears in Heaven and does not exalt Himself. Christ states plainly that the Holy Spirit would glorify Him (Christ). So as we examine the Awakening we must be careful to remember that the Holy Spirit is not looking to be exalted. He is here to accomplish what God the Father has asked Him to do which then results in praise to Christ through Souls that are not only able but willing to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord to the Glory of the Father (Philippians 2:10-11). One of the greatest quotes I have ever read regarding the Holy Spirit was actually the name of a book about the Holy Spirit, The title was “Gifted to Serve”.
We sometimes pray for the Holy Spirit to work in us like a lion when sometimes He wants to work in us like lamb. However, I do want to specify that the Holy Spirit is powerful as mentioned in Acts 1:8.
In corporate worship we must be careful to say and do things that edify the entire body of Christ. We should be careful regarding confusion. God is not the author of confusion, as we read in 1 Corinthians 14:33. He is certainly the author of the Awakening though. In addition, He does not want division in His body. “Jesus leading Christians to help usher in an Awakening”. That is a great headline as it doesn’t mention Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Apostolics, Presbyterians, etc.. Using one of those terms could be divisive. The name of Jesus is always in order. 1 Corinthians 4:12 states “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Why can’t we all just be Christians?? Let us save our titles and labels for the gatherings in the walls we belong to.
It is my prayer that this article has lifted your Spirits and informed you regarding some of the actions that we can take to keep this Awakening spreading from person to person, church to church, arena to arena, state to state, nation to nation!! !! Be Blessed!